The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, August 16–20, 2018

Shirin Khalatbari

SOMArts is proud to partner with The San Francisco Foundation to present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts, August 16–20, 2018. The exhibition, made possible by The San Francisco Foundation and its donors, showcases 14 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifies young artists from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends.

The competitive Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships are administered by The San Francisco Foundation. The awards are designed to further the development of Bay Area MFA students and foster the exploration of their artistic potential in hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture.

The Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award of $40,000 is given to an MFA student of unusual caliber with great artistic promise. Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan both experienced financial challenges as art students and understood the great difference scholarships can make in the early phase of an artist’s career. The winners of the Cadogan Scholarships receive $6,500 each to support their MFA studies. All the students benefit from participation in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center and mentorship from curator Kevin B. Chen.

Award recipients were selected by a panel of three judges including artist, writer and independent curator Kevin B. Chen (formerly Visual Arts Director, Intersection for the Arts); artist and curator Grace Rosario Perkins; and multidisciplinary artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto/Faluda Islam.

In conjunction with the exhibition, SOMArts will host an afternoon of artist-led workshops providing community members an opportunity to experience exhibiting artists’ creative processes.

2018 AWARDEES & EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Cadogan Scholarships
Michelle Bonilla Garcia, California College of the Arts
Sophia Cook, San Francisco Art Institute
Ben Cornish, San Francisco Art Institute
Preston Fox, California College of the Arts
Vincent Miranda, California College of the Arts
Miguel Monroy Melgoza, Stanford University
Sarah Player Morrison, Mills College
Judit Navratil, California College of the Arts
Claire Rabkin, Mills College
Joanna Ruckman-Gallegos, San Francisco Art Institute
Sally Scopa, Stanford University
Tashi Wangdhu, Mills College
Livien Yin, Stanford University

Murphy Award
Shirin Khalatbari, San Francisco State University

The 2018 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition will open with a reception and awards ceremony Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:30–9pm, awards ceremony at 7:00pm.

Murphy Award winner Shirin Khalatbari explores the visual traces of history, including the impacts and legacies of colonialism, in order to create transformative environments in which perception of the present and reality are challenged. By combining photography, painting, sculpture, sound and video, Khalatbari’s work produces ambiance that defamiliarizes one’s sense of time and space, allowing the viewer to travel through spacetime.

Michelle Bonilla Garcia
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Michelle Bonilla Garcia creates multidisciplinary works that address immigration, gendered labor and her personal experience as an artist of color living in the US.

Sarah Player Morrison
Multidisciplinary artist Sarah Player Morrison works with video and performance to explore labor and gender performance in office culture. 

Livien Yin
Focusing on mimicry between plant and animal species, Livien Yin proposes intrusion into the surfaces that govern multi-species cohabitation. Invested in the metaphoric potential of soft materials, her assemblages and paintings push against rigid taxonomies.

The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition
August 16–20, 2018
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday–Sunday, 12–5pm

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, August 16, 6:30–9pm, ceremony at 7pm

SOMArts Social: Murphy & Cadogan
An afternoon of artist-led creative workshops
Saturday, August 18, 1–4pm
Free with RSVP: somartssocial.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
The San Francisco Foundation focuses on expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. With more than $1.3 billion in assets, The San Francisco Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country, and working with its donors, distributed nearly $100 million to nonprofit organizations in the last year. The foundation brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties. sff.org

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Image credits (from top to bottom): Shirin Khalatbari, A Layer For Your Protection. Image courtesy of the artist; Michelle Bonilla Garcia. One Very Political, Overly Opinionated, Angry Little Girl. Image courtesy of the artist; Sarah Player Morrison, Still from Professional Suite. Image courtesy of the artist; Livien Yin, Pigeon Orchid. Image courtesy of the artist.